This song has been covered by many people, most notably Peter, Paul, and Mary. But I became interested in it only fairly recently when I heard the writer of the song, Bob Gibson, perform it with his singing partner Hamilton Camp on their live album recorded in 1961 at the legendary Chicago folk club Gate of Horn. I decided to learn it from their recording and our band Clallam County was working it up before we had to stop our weekly rehearsals in late February.
My attached recording (below) is done making a multi-track recording of myself singing each part separately. I loved the three-note ending that Gibson and Camp do but could never get that down. With Judy’s help, the band figured out our three vocal parts to that ending, but we never finalized our version. Just today, I finally worked on that ending and spent a few hours trying to record those last three vocal notes.
And here is Bob Gibson’s original version on YouTube. Amazing what music they got from a single guitar, a bass and their voices:
I am embarrassed to admit that it was only in the last 5 years that I fully realized the important role Bob Gibson played in the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s. If you are interested, you can Google him (just make sure you don’t get directed to the famous baseball player, Bob Gibson.) One of the many things that he was known for was introducing Joan Baez to the world. In 1959, Gibson was a big name in the folk scene and was one of the headliners performing at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959. Without the permission or knowledge of the festival organizers, he brought the unknown 18-year-old Joan Baez up on stage to sing two songs with him. Here is a recording of the first song they sang:
Bob Gibson with Joan Baez at Newport, 1959:
I also like this YouTube video clip of Gibson performing on the TV show “Hootenanny”, from 1963. While it is definitely a period piece (check the college students he is performing before!), the ease of his performance inspires me.
Here is my version of Bob Gibson's great song, "Well, Well, Well": (Click "Download File" to listen.)